Construction of PH’s first-ever OFW hospital officially on
November 21, 2020
MANILA – The construction of country’s first-ever Overseas Filipino Workers Hospital is officially underway with the kick-off ceremony held Friday, 20th of November 2020.
No other than PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo led the ceremony and graced the kick off rites for the construction of the country’s first ever OFW Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga.
The facility will rise on a two-hectare land donated by the provincial government of Pampanga.
Construction of which was made possible with the P500 million donation of Bloomberry Cultural Foundation, Inc. (BCFI), an entity established by the operator of Solaire Resort and Casino.
Aside from BCFI’s donation, PAGCOR will also donate P300 million for the purchase of state-of-the-art medical equipment for the hospital.
Among other government officials who graced the kick-off ceremony were Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Secretary of Labor and Employment Silvestre Bello III, Vice Governor of Pampanga Lilia Pineda, Overseas Workers Welfare Association Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, and Undersecretary of Health Dr. Lilibeth David. ((Kiara Lauren Ibanez / BENJAMIN CUARESMA)
1st PH OFW Hospital operational by Dec ’21 – Bello
November 22, 2020, By Salve Daculla
MANILA — Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Sunday gave an assurance that construction of the first-ever overseas Filipino workers (OFW) hospital in Pampanga will be finished and operational by December 2021.
According to Bello, construction of the medical facility will remain on track despite the threat of quarantine measures imposed to control the outbreak of the coronavirus.
“Construction of the project will stay on schedule,” Bello said.
Bello added that the project is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s aspiration for OFWs to have their own hospital by Christmas of 2021.
According to the contractors — though they originally set for completion of the project in April next year — the hospital can still be finished by December 2021.
Bello led the signing of the usufruct agreement between the Provincial Government of Pampanga and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for the construction of the first-ever OFW hospital in the country in Barangay Sindalan, San Fernando, Pampanga.
Bello signed for DOLE in the usufruct while Vice Governor Lilia Pineda signed for the Pampanga Provincial Government. (AI/MTVN)